Boca Ciega High School's class of 1991 spent the last week doing what graduating seniors do. They laughed. They cried. They partied, and then cried some more.
But on Thursday, the streams of tears and raucous laughter all came to an end as the school's 38th graduating class donned white and gold caps and gowns and were ushered into the real world.
"Years from now when you are sitting with your children watching reruns of The Cosby Show and they ask you what you learned in school, you will tell them of history, social studies .
. the exams," said Alan Shapiro, elected Boca Ciega's Teacher of the Year by the senior class.
"You will also tell them that you learned about life," Shapiro said.
The ceremony featured several speeches, including greetings from Superintendent Howard Hinesley, musical selections and the annual tassel ceremony in which seniors move the tassels from one side of the mortarboard to the other.
The fact that speeches could barely be heard did nothing to diminish the 295 graduating seniors' accomplishments. The class received more than $1-million in scholarships.
"Turn to your left, turn to your right. You are the graduating class of 1991. You made it," Shapiro said.
_ NICHOLE M. CHRISTIAN